Now here is a novel idea. Let’s put the fans first for once!
The 2010 Ryder Cup will always be remembered for being the first to be so badly disrupted by rain, that it was forced into major delays and a fourth day of competition, not to mention the altered format.
In all this fracas, it would have been easy to just concentrate on sorting out a way to get the players on the course for enough time to reach a reasonable score.
They could have cut the match down in the same way that they might reduce a four-round tournament to three rounds after weather delays, but they didn’t.
Throughout the weekend, even with all the hoopla going on, the most important thing for organisers was to make sure the fans were treated properly.
They wanted to make sure that all 28 matches were completed to give the customers what they paid for.
Some might argue that changing the format made it more watchable, with all the players on the course at all times.
Then there were the press conferences and the interviews with the captains and the players. Almost every single time without fail, there was a mention of the crowd, how great they were and how important it was to make sure they saw plenty of good golf.
It was a refreshing change from the world of football where priority No. 1 is the overpaid footballing prima donnas.
Not only that, Ryder Cup Europe have since announced that any spectator who had tickets for Friday’s golf, which was minimal due to heavy rain, is going to be compensated.
All Friday ticket holders are set to receive a complementary DVD of the contest as well as two complementary day tickets to a selection of European Tour events between now and the end of July.
Alternatively, if you go to a football match and the floodlights cut out, you can redeem your ticket for the replayed match, but if you can’t make it? Tough cookies.